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HOLLY AND MISTLETOE.


Above his shapely palm I bent,
 And told him, "Truly he should know
Who loved him best, at Christmas-time,
 Beneath the magic mistletoe;

For just when nine o'clock should strike
 A dark- eyed girl should surely stand
Beneath the Christmas bough, and bear
 A spray of holly in her hand."

 * * * *
And then, as Madge's friend would do,
 I dressed at Christmas-time her hair,
And told her that a holly-wreath
 Would make her fairness look more fair.

I twined its coral skilfully
 Amid her braided jetty crown,
And bid her hold a little spray
 To foil her dress of golden brown.

Just when the hour of nine was nigh,
 With earnest speech and movement slow,
I walked across the room with her,
 And stopped beneath the mistletoe.

 * * * *
All right! I knew one earnest glance
 Would knit the broken bond between.
Ah, Carl, my friend, you ll never know
 What witches walk All-Hallow E'en.